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Customer at Ohio restaurant leaves $2,500 tip ahead of mandated closure due to coronavirus




Photo: @dsanfillipo/Twitter

As servers, bartenders, and other restaurant staff across Ohio prepared for Gov. Mike DeWine’s directive ordering eateries and bars to close indefinitely beginning at 9 p.m. Sunday, one restaurant patron decided to leave a $2,500 tip for their server.

DeWine issued the directive in response to the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic. It orders that all restaurants and bars in the state close indefinitely effective 9 p.m. Sunday, but allows for carryout and delivery business to continue.

At Coaches Bar and Grill in Columbus, one customer left a large tip for the staff.

“When the going gets tough, the tough stay loyal. This loyal, amazong patron of Coaches on Bethel left the staff a $2,500 tip to help lighten the losses during this required closing of restaurants & bars in Ohio,” social media user Dene’ Sanfillipo tweeted.

The customer, who requested to remain anonymous, wrote on the check that they wanted the tip to be split equally between the staff members, naming them on the note.

Along with ordering of restaurants and bars to close, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said the governor will extend unemployment benefits to workers who are quarantined as a result of COVID-19 exposure, as well as employees of businesses that temporarily shut down due to the pandemic.

“The governor is going to sign an executive order regarding unemployment compensation. This will assist Ohio workers directly impacted by the COVID-19 health emergency,” Husted said Sunday. “He will be issuing this executive order that will make several changes to Ohio’s unemployment law and state agency policy to enable workers to do not have paid leave benefits to access unemployment benefits during this period of emergency.”

“We will be broadening the current state policy to clarify that individuals that are quarantined by a health professional or by their employer are considered to be unemployed and will not be subject to the requirements to actively seek work, during this period of emergency,” Husted continued.

Husted said the order will also clarify the definition of unemployed, and it will apply to companies that determine it is necessary to temporarily shut down operations.

The one-week waiting period before receiving benefits will be waived and payments expedited, Husted said. The penalty for late reporting for employers will also be waived.

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